#FFFC 80 — life alone is not enough

When the people on the TV in a land far away started dying we were detached. When death knocked on our doors in the public places there was denial. When we brought it home to our loved ones, who sickened and died, we began to believe. As the killer morphed, evading our now-concerted efforts to…

#FFFC 75 — Virtualicide

I met him at the all-inclusive dude ranch resort during my 30-day free trial membership in the virtual reality platform. He was everything I was looking for in a cowboy and we made plans to go out riding the next day. I rode a golden palomino and he rode an Arabian stallion out through the…

#FFFC 74 — Dragon’s Crest

Dragon’s Crest stood for millennia at the edge of the Great Sea. Untold numbers had lived, died and loved there. Dragons called it home first after they came from a distant planet. All that remains are the great cut stones that have tumbled into the sea. The earthquake a hundred years ago shook it down….

#FFFC 73 — “It’s time.”

She stopped sleeping after the accident. Snippets of unconsciousness replaced it. Never enough snippets. Her neighbor told her about a woman who could cure through hypnosis. At first Missy was skeptical, but when weeks turned into months without the rejuvenating respite of sleep, she was willing to try anything. Missy called and set up an…

#FFFC 72 — A prison first

She walked along the echoing hallways from end to end from the time she woke up and until the time she laid down on her pallet in the great room of the hall. In wintertime the granite floor tiles became blocks of ice. In summertime, she laid her cheeks on their cool surface as relief…

#FFFC 69 — Bimbo Baggins

Many remember the stories of Skittle Earth and the adventures of the hobbits. No matter how many volumes are written, some stories escape telling for one reason or another. I’m here today to tell one of them. Most of the hobbits mentioned in the books are male. Today’s story is about a female hobbit named…